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Metamorphosis [2/2]

Perhaps I shall look like this...I shall fly wherever I please, and sup from exotic, welcoming flowers...get a life, Earth-polluting couch-dwellers!

Metamorphosis [2/2]

Perhaps I shall look like this...I shall fly wherever I please, and sup from exotic, welcoming flowers...get a life, Earth-polluting couch-dwellers!

comments (23)

amazing colours in the natural world and well caught sir
Ray: Nature is the most amazing of fashion designers, Derek...usually managing a perfect balance of form and function IMHO.
One of your best Ray! beautiful color, lovely bokeh.
Ray: Thanks, Dawn. Interesting, too, as this one has sat in my unassigned bin for quite a while and I have been blowing hot then cold about it.
ohhwww...this is a wonderful shot!! Which lens did u use?
Ray: Thanks, Kavita.

For this image I used the Canon 100-400mm L...probably my favourite "macro" lens for capturing skittish little critters like puts 2 metres between you and the animal and reduces their stress, and does a wonderful job with backgrounds when fully extended. [grin]
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Feb 2010, 06:03
Amazing how one starts to use the 100-400 after a while. The one lens capable of the best DOF if you have your distances right. Great shot again.
Ray: An extremely versatile and competent lens in my opinion, Louis.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Feb 2010, 06:23
Get a life, indeed, Ray. It really is incredible.
Ray: Butterflies are such gorgeous critters, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2010, 06:24
Absolutely charming Ray!
Ray: I am delighted by your reaction to it, Chris.
This is outstanding Ray!
Ray: It must be ok, Nigel, if you are this positive. Thank you.
Is that a drinking straw I see, how amusing.
Ray: Yes...drinking straw, aka proboscis.

Clever Nature, heh!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2010, 07:47
Stunner Ray
Ray: Nice of you to react so kindly, Zed.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2010, 10:26
fantastic capture. Zed and I met a woman with the 100-400 the other day when we were out and about. She said after 18 months she had dust in the lens from the push pull mechanism. Have you had a problem with yours.
Ray: I have had mine nearly 2 years, Aussie, and not had this problem.

I use it a lot, but tend to treat it with care.

There is quite a bit about this on the web, and nearly all is about the design having the potential to be a problem. There is very little about people having actually experienced a problem.

You can probably tell that I am a big big fan of this superb lens.
So the lens you used here is better than a real macro lens for this kind of shots? Coz I am thinking more and more to buy a macro lens and I'm still in doubt.
Ray: Hi Delia.

Please understand I am an amateur enthusiast, and still near the bottom of the learning treat any "advice" from me accordingly.

For my style...dashing about, hand-holding rather than tripod, I have found I get better shots of nervous butterflies generally by standing back 2 metres with this lens than by using a specialist macro lens that would require me to be within 30 or 40cm of the animal.

Also, I feel I get excellent fuzzy backgrounds [aka bokeh, in this instance] by setting the lens at about 400mm, and I seem to get slightly deeper DoF.

Having said that, I must add that I have a Canon 100mm macro lens, and am 100% delighted with it. By the way, I use it for a lot more than macro might be nearly my favourite walkabout lens, and I even try landscapes with it. It is my only fixed focal length lens, and my only f2.8 also.
Another fabulous one Ray. What a bokeh!
Ray: Thanks, Richard. It seemed to fit the mini series.
Exquisite capture! I see the colors have stayed true through the metamorphosis. Is this the same fellow from yesterday, Ray?
Ray: Not the same actual critter, Beverly, but I believe it is the same species at 2 stages of its metamorphosis. Thank for your kind remark.
Pure perfection! I've never seen such a beautiful butterfly with it's scalloped edge.
Ray: It is one of the most common medium-size butterflies in Thailand, Mary. I also think it is one of the most beautiful, and delight in observing them at their work with the flowers.
wow, what a beauty!!
Ray: Thanks, Rob. I appreciate your enthusiasm for it.
Ray: So pleased you like it, Linda.
Superb shot Ray. Beautiful.
Ray: Thank you, Ron. You are very kind.
After being such a magnificent caterpillar it couldn't fail to be such a beautiful butterfly could it Ray.
Ray: The caterpillar set high expectations, I thought, Brian, but the butterfly delivered.
wow, Ray!! This is simply amazing. One of your best.
Ray: I don't rate it that highly, Charles, but am delighted you like it.
as good as it gets Raysmile
Ray: You are very kind, Tim.
By jove i like this one Ray
Ray: I was unsure about it, Bill, so it languished in the unassigned bin for ages. I publish, and it turns out to be one of my most popular images among my photophile audience.

I am delighted you like it.
Great macro, Ray!
Ray: Thanks, Tom.

[I had to visit an Internet site to get a definition and explanation of "Macro photography" before responding to you, as I was uncertain this shot, which was taken at focal length 375mm with my hand-held camera 2 metres from the butterfly, would qualify as "macro". Wikipedia set me straight, and I additionally thank you for provoking this activity.]
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Feb 2010, 00:39
lol, love this and great "Bokeh" what ever your reply else where. mal
Ray: Thanks, Mal.

I think it was good to pair it with the caterpillar the day before...tells a bit of a story that!

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